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Henry's Hi-Life

301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
+1 408-295-5414
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  • Excellent48%
  • Very good35%
  • Average11%
  • Poor5%
  • Terrible1%
Travellers talk about
“baby back ribs” (27 reviews)
“baked potato” (32 reviews)
“salad” (53 reviews)
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4:00 PM - 11:30 PMAll hours
American, Steakhouse, Bar, Barbecue, Pub
$$ - $$$
301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
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1 - 10 of 223 reviews

Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Our party shared a porterhouse and baby-back ribs. It seemed efficient that they took our order while we were waiting for a table. But our specific requests which weren't exotic (2 dishes shared among 3 people, 3 salads, extra sour cream) they didn't transfer over...More

Thank Jason V
Reviewed 7 September 2017

No muss no fuss, know your order and tell the lady. When you are looking for some classic American BBQ and steaks this is your go to.

Thank TrvlCrayZ
Reviewed 7 September 2017

Excellent food, super casual joint. Steak, ribs, chops, taters....all really super good basic BBQ stuff....and no dressing up needed. Full bar. Great place for friends to gather for dinner/drinks. NOT fancy. Neighborhood can get kinda sketchy at the wrong times...and it can get VERY busy...More

Thank Kari D
Reviewed 21 July 2017

My first visit to Henry's Hi-Life and definitely not my last! What I really liked about this restaurant is that it's different and unique - the interior, the people who come to eat, the servers, the food. I haven't found anything like it in San...More

Thank petzjaromir
Reviewed 11 July 2017

Henry's Hi-Life is an iconic restaurant in San Jose, California. Very casual atmosphere, friendly ambiance, no frills, no thrills decor...and really good food. The service is friendly and efficient. It may remind you of an old bar and restaurant from the Wild, Wild West with...More

Thank Estela T
Reviewed 10 July 2017

Located in the reviving area in San Jose known as Little Italy, the building is a small two-story hotel from the 1870s. Henry's is a locals hangout that specializes in open flame cooking steaks, chicken and ribs. Seafood is also available. The service is cozy...More

Thank bbon2ur
Reviewed 28 June 2017

I drove there especially and out of my way just to try their excellent ribs as I've seen on Man vs Food and was not disappointed.

Thank 524royc
Reviewed 21 June 2017

A co-worker and I decided to give Henry's Hi-Life a try while in San Jose on business. We found it with no problems but had a little bit harder time finding parking. When we entered the restaurant, it wasn't clear what we were supposed to...More

1  Thank raccoontrails
Reviewed 13 June 2017 via mobile

Went here with work colleagues. Had a lovely meal with some great choices of beers. Only down side is had to put clothes in a separate room that night as the smoke was very pungent.

Thank Jonny F
Reviewed 5 June 2017

MEAT....excellent meat and awesome potatoes. This old place has been around for decades because the food is great and it's a fun place to go. Be prepared to chat with the crowd and be friendly because they are usually so busy you have to wait...More

Thank jenstevewest
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Brenda L
19 May 2017|
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Response from 2became1 | Reviewed this property |
yes. There are meters that end at about 6:00 PM and parking across the street as well. The earlier you can go the better. The wait can be long around the normal dinber times but it is well worth the wait. Try some of the... More
1 June 2016|
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Response from sjsubabe | Reviewed this property |
There is plenty of street parking if there ISN'T a game/event at the nearby SAP Arena, home of the San Jose Sharks hockey team. You might want to call ahead and check.
Don D
14 October 2015|
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Response from Portage48 | Reviewed this property |
Bread, butter & salad came with our dinner. I had ribs the portions were ample. I can't answer about the Caeser Salad. If you really like desert you won't find it there just a heads up. I'm sure you will enjoy your dinner I... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
Dinner, Lunch
Restaurant features
Takeout, Seating, Waitstaff, Parking Available, Television, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Good for
Bar Scene, Child-friendly, Kids, Local cuisine, Groups
Open Hours
11:30 AM - 2:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
4:00 PM - 11:30 PM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 301 W Saint John St, San Jose, CA 95110-2345
  • Location: United States  >  California (CA)  >  San Jose
  • Phone Number: +1 408-295-5414
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